Tourmaline Sunangel Heliangelus exortis

Colombian name: Ángel Gorgiturmalina
Male Tourmaline Sunangel, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia
April 2012

The Tourmaline Sunangel is distributed in all three cordilleras of the Colombian Andes and on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador. It is found in the interior of mossy cloudforest and elfin forest, often near bamboo, and mainly between 1,500 and 3,400 metres.

The male, shown here, is dark shining green above with a glittering green forehead ("frontlet"). The gorget is dark purple on the chin merging into a glittering rosy-pink. The female lacks the green frontlet and the gorget with the throat being whitish with greenish specks.

Male Tourmaline Sunangel, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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